Wedding project ideas and style how-tos for brides, bridal jewelry designers and wedding planners.
We covered emerald bridal jewelry in another Pearls of Wisdom wedding article, but be sure to consider these seven stunning options as well in true gemstone or colored crystal and glass beads. Find the hue that complements your skin or choose based on associated and metaphysical meanings.
Sapphires actually come in a wide range of hues, but blue is by far the most popular for this gem. The intense blue color is associated with majesty and tranquility--both excellent vibes for your wedding day. Blue sapphires range from light to dark with the most preferred hue landing in the medium to medium-dark spectrum, which is absolutely perfect for winter weddings.
While we're on the subject of blue, lapis lazuli offers another deep blue option for a sophisticated look. In fact, pairing blue sapphire and lapis lazuli together creates a monochromatic result that is absolutely stunning. Lapis lazuli is a stone that has been valued since antiquity and is traditionally associated with royalty. Who doesn't want to dress and feel like royalty when they say, "I do"?
Since the Victorian era, garnets have been a symbol of passionate love and enduring strength. Deep red garnet is perfect for creating romantic jewelry and pairs exceptionally well with rich gold. Our favorite garnet bridal jewelry tends to be worn during autumn nuptials as it so perfectly matches or complements the colors of changing leaves or winter weddings for drastic drama against a white wonderland.
Another red option is the fiery ruby often thought to symbolize the sun, making the vivacious hue excellent for summery and beach weddings. We promise the red really pops against a bright blue ocean setting, especially if you go with ruby red Swarovski® crystals. Revered in cultures all throughout history, the ruby is associated with passion and protection.
Speaking of the sun, citrine was originally called "sun stone" as it was believed the gemstone was capable of holding sunlight. The bright and cheery stone is ideal for not only spring and summer weddings, but also fall weddings when you want to pull in the golden hues of the changing seasons. Another pro of wearing citrine on your wedding day is this gemstone was once called the "success stone."
Another bright option is lively green peridot. This light-hearted hue works especially well in spring nuptials. According to metaphysical properties, peridot is associated with the heart chakra and is said to help in the manifestation of desires, prosperity and happiness--sounds like the perfect stone for a wedding.
One of the few naturally purple gemstones, amethyst has been loved and valued throughout the ages--sometimes even as much as diamonds--and was often associated with royalty and fantasy. Amethyst was the stone of St. Valentine and faithful love. How perfect is that for weddings? Light purple amethyst is seen during spring weddings and darker, deeper tones offer a regal appearance during winter nuptials.
(To learn more about any of these gemstones, visit our Gem Notes section.)
If pearls and clear gemstones aren't up your alley, don't worry, you've got plenty of colorful options. The right bridal jewelry helps you feel confident and beautiful so it's worth taking time to choose exactly what YOU want for a gem of a result.
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